SMART Goal Reflection Paper
In the My SMART Goal Project, you have explored and applied psychological theory to yourself. You developed a SMART Goal in the My SMART Goal Outline assignment, applied Learning Theory to your SMART Goal in your Check-In. Now, you will develop your ideas in a paper format discussing your overall experiences and applying Motivation Theory to your goal. You may or may not have worked on your specific goal strategies, measured your progress, worked toward making your goal achievable, remembered the relevancy to you, and/or adhered to your timeline. Whether or not you have made progress, you have much to explore in this Reflection paper assignment. The SMART Goal Reflection Paper assignment is worth 10% of your course grade.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course, your overall education, and future career.
· Meaningfully reflect on your experiences and learning.
· Understand principles of Motivation Theory, focusing on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
· Apply principles of Motivation Theory to your SMART Goal.
· Analyze your life to develop motivational strategies to enhance your goal progress.
· Synthesize your ideas in a paper format.
You will summarize your original SMART Goal plan, and discuss your actual results. You will discuss the parts of your life that are positive, helpful and supportive, and those that are negative, unhelpful and unsupportive. You will develop at least one additional strategy to work toward your SMART Goal after our class is over. You will define motivation, and each level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You will develop an example of motivation theory to your own SMART Goal. You will synthesize your learning into advice about goal-setting.
Write as if you are describing and explaining your goal and the psychological concepts to someone with no knowledge of the SMART Goal Project, the instructions, or psychology. In complete, grammatically correct sentences and paragraph format, completely answer the prompts on the next page. At a minimum, paragraphs have 4 sentences that meaningfully contribute to explaining your answer. Please do not exceed 5 pages. “I” (i.e. Me, Myself, & Mine) language is acceptable and encouraged. Passive language, “you”, is not acceptable. Save your SMART Goal Check-in as a Word Document or PDF. All other formats are not acceptable. Use MLA citations for the textbook definitions and include the textbook as the Work Cited.
SMART Goal Reflection Paper Structure and Content Requirement
In a paper format, structure your reflection into 5 paragraphs:
1. Overall Introduction Paragraph
a. A guide to the reader of the main topics in your paper.
2. Paragraph Two
a. Summary of Results:
State your SMART Goal. Compare your SMART Goal plan to your actual results. What has been the most helpful and positive aspect of this experience? What has been the most negative aspect of this experience? Describe realistic options to enhance your ability to achieve your goal after the class is over.
1. Paragraph 3
a. Define each term listed below, including each level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Provide a specific, detailed example of the following psychological term to your SMART Goal experiences. Include the textbook definition within your example. The course textbook is the only acceptable source for definitions. Use MLA In-text citations for the definitions.
· Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
· Self-Actualization Needs
· Esteem Needs
· Belongingness & Love Needs
· Safety Needs
· Physiological Needs
3. Paragraph 4
a. Based on your experiences with your SMART Goal, what advice would you give someone who wants to strive to achieve a goal?
4. Overall Conclusion Paragraph
a. What have you learned about yourself in this process? What will you take away from this experience?
Criteria for Success:
Please see the rubric posted with the assignment.
SMART Goal Reflection Paper